Santa Fe loads up on safety

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Puzzles - BY RICHARD RUS­SELL WHEELS

The 2019 Santa Fe is big­ger, bet­ter, faster, stronger, safer and more fuel-ef­fi­cient. Such im­prove­ment has be­come stan­dard fare for Hyundai.

Af­ter sev­eral hun­dred kilo­me­tres at the wheel of two trim lev­els of the new fourth­gen­er­a­tion Santa Fe, my driv­ing part­ner and I could find lit­tle, ac­tu­ally noth­ing, to fault.

Built in Alabama, the new Santa Fe comes in Es­sen­tial ($29,000), Pre­ferred ($35,100), Ul­ti­mate ($41,900), and Lux­ury ($45,000) trim lev­els — des­ig­na­tions that will hence­forth be used through­out all Hyundai ve­hi­cles. The com­pany ex­pects the ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers to se­lect the Pre­ferred model.

Built on what Hyundai refers to as the Su­per­Struc­ture plat­form, the 2019 Santa Fe is new from road to roof. It is 70 mm longer, 65-90 ki­los lighter, 15 mm taller, 10 mm wider, and rides on a 65 mm longer wheel­base. As well as a stylish new look in­side and out, it boasts a raft of new tech­nolo­gies and safety fea­tures.

Stan­dard or avail­able tech­nolo­gies in­clude: heads-up dis­play, heated front/rear seats, ven­ti­lated front seats with in­te­grated mem­ory, sur­round view mon­i­tor, rain-sens­ing wipers, LED head­lights, panoramic sun­roof, wire­less de­vice charg­ing, rear win­dow sun­shades, hands-free smart lift­gate, and side mir­ror ap­proach lights

Hyundai ex­ec­u­tives here for the un­veil of the new Santa Fe and restyled Elantra, said safety is rapidly mov­ing up the list of “wants” for new ve­hi­cle buy­ers. Ac­cord­ingly, it has equipped the new Santa Fe with a full ar­ray of them.

Stan­dard or avail­able safety fea­tures in­clude: blind spot avoid­ance, sur­round view mon­i­tor, lane keep as­sist, for­ward col­li­sion-avoid­ance as­sist with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, rear crosstraf­fic alert and avoid­ance, au­to­matic high beams, park dis­tance warn­ing and adap­tive cruise con­trol.

The new stronger struc­ture, com­bined with th­ese ac­tive and pas­sive safety fea­tures, should en­sure the high­est safety rat­ing when the 2019 Santa Fe is sub­jected to NHTSA (Na­tional

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.